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In January, Philadelphia and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) celebrated their partnership together and highlighted upcoming events at a City Hall press conference.

Over the next four years, Philadelphia will host six NCAA events encompassing five different sports. These events are expected to generate $75 million for the region.

At the event, Mayor Michael A. Nutter was joined by Greg Shaheen, NCAA Interim Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances, and Tom Lynch, Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress (PSC). Legendary Philadelphia announcer Dan Baker emceed the event.

"The region of Philadelphia has a remarkable fan base and facilities,” said Shaheen. “It is beyond compare to anything we see around the country. We are proud and excited to be in Philadelphia with regularity in the past, in the present and in the future.”

“We are grateful for the NCAA’s tremendous partnership and their continued faith in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter. “We fully intend to reward that faith by delivering more world-class events hand-in-hand with our regional partners.”

The NCAA events Philadelphia will host over the next four years include: 

  • 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, March 17-19, Wells Fargo Center
  • 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional, March 27-29, Liacouras Center, Temple University
  • 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals, PPL Park
  • 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, Lincoln Financial Field
  • 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball 2nd & 3rd Rounds, Wells Fargo Center
  • 2014 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four (Ice Hockey Championship), Wells Fargo Center

Click here to watch the video highlighting the great NCAA moments in Philadelphia sports history that was shown at the event.

Pictured at the NCAA event (from left to right): Jack Ferguson, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB); Tom Lynch, Vice Chairman, Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the PCVB; Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Greg Shaheen, Interim Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances, NCAA.